New Delhi, India

Legislation

Marijuana is not legal in India, however, it has is well circulated in Indian culture. It is now openly sold from houses, too. The reason is that they have the tacit approval of the local cops and even some politicians.

The law says it’s illegal, but that is probably due to their association with the United Nations, which at the insistence of a certain Mr Anslinger, signed a comprhensive drug law. Traditionally, India is very open to hash. Regardless it’s still illegal.

Personal use (in public places), would at the most result in a chalaan (bribe), or some money to buy the cop some juice. You’d have to be really not caring, like sitting in front of a movie theater and rolling a joint while people are walking by.

Law Enforcement

The police have very low interest in marijuana issues, they make no effort to stop cannabis related offences.

Where to buy marijuana in New Delhi

Due to the legal status of cannabis in Delhi, it is very easy to obtain Marijuana in New Delhi – simply go to any “bhang shop”, or, as one of our reporters said: ”Go to the big circle, take a motorcycles with two seats, ask the driver to get some… then he will go somewhere leaving you in the motorcycle. Pay the guy… give him 1/2 whatever he claims. Enjoy!”

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Another report: “You don’t smoke marijuana in India, unless it comes from the South. The hash that comes into Delhi from the hills is amongst the best in the world.” Weed is still commonly available in any of the many slums in Delhi, but generally is not worth the effort.

Without fail the first place to go looking for something to smoke has to be PaharGanj, opposite the N Delhi Railway Station outside Connaught Place.

The best way to go about it would be to walk a while, till you start seeing some bong shops. You’ll be sure to get atleast 2-3 people come up and ask you if you want some BUT many times it will be be some dirty shoe-polish mixture of hash. Just go to one of hippie cafes around and ask the waiter or one of the hippie tourists that you see walking around.

New Delhi Marijuana Prices

Marijuana and hashish are extremely cheap for western tourists in India. The prices vary significantly, but stay low in costs. The going rate is around 50 to 100 rupees (1$ – 2$) a tola (10gms) for weed in New Delhi. Hash ranges from 300 ($6) to 700 ($14) a tola (10gms).

If you do manage to get some cream (the best), get ready to spend atleast Rs1300, about $40 for a tola (10 grams). Others would start at Rs 200.

Brands

Marijuana flower sold in New Delhi is usually outdoor grown, with potency that will seem a bit weak for American tourists. However, the taste is great! Hashish in India is of much higher quality and potency. Also Cream, or Junglee(wild).

More Information

Every thing from bongs, rizlaz, chillums, crushers and of course good quality weed and hash is possible to obtain as a foreign tourist. The easiest and safest way to get anything you desire is to get to this place called ‘pahar ganj’ or ‘pahad ganj’. It is like a settlement and all the hotels in that area of New Delhi are filled with foreign tourists. So if you wanna trip in this city trust me it’ll be one of your best trips ever.

Take a chance, go to the hills, in himachal. Parvati valley, manali. That’s where the hash is grown.

Palolem, Goa, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Weed is barely illegal in India ; Hash is very illegal. This seems odd to westerners but, basically, “bhang” (weed) is used ceremonially by some Hindus. Hash/Charas is not and is considered a drug. Minumum penalty (if you dont bribe your way out of trouble): 10 years in an Indian jail. Dont get caught.

Law enforcement: same as usual in india, if you get caught(unlikely) a small donation to the the local constabulary fund (baksheesh) will almost always get you off

Where to buy marijuana: best place i have seen is the internet cafe next to the cuba bar on the beach front, if that is no good most waiters in most bars or restaraunts will sort you out, just ask you’ll be fine

Marijuana prices: cheap although the internet cafe seems most expensive although most reliable.

Marijuana brands: mostly sticky charris, nice hash very soft and smell very sweet, grass not great very twiggy and not too strong. advise to buy charris definately.

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Pune, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Strict laws apply obviously but this is the city where pot flows freely. It’s unbelievable how easy it is and all you need to do is be discreet and smoke in your home. Pune cops only need INR50 to shut their mouth. You can get shut for ever if you screw up by acting oversmart or like a know-it-all; like all culturally imbalanced states in India, speaking the local tongue (Marathi) is a -plus of course.

Law enforcement: Pune’s laws may be strict like Mumbai but the cvity is more or less chilled out; you can get a prison sentence of course for dealing but if you’re carrying worth two to three joints or let’s approximate to about a little less than an ounce (28grams approx.), you’re safe. Just keep INR50-100 to pay as baksheesh (cheap bribe); most cops are overweight and stupid so just be easy on them; they get offended easily especially if you’re a foreigner in the city.

Marijuana prices: Marijuana in all places is about INR50 for 10 grams to the maximum. Almost 100gms is availabe for INR250 and this is called a Jataak. Ask for one and you shall recieve.

Kilo quantities are also available although you’d have to pay an advance and place an order; sometimes the maal (marijuana) is delivered to your home.

Brands: This is a hard one; the marijuana that is available is mostly from Andhra Pradesh and occasionally, from Karnataka. However, it is possible to get excellent sattvic marijuana during the “season” which is post September when the rains have subsided the grass is green. Generally this marijuana is from Orissa or Kerala.

More information: Most of the drug business in Pune is family run and you might find yourself dealing with old women and sometimes older men; some of the dealers in the city area are young and sometimes educated.

Pushkar, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Weed is barely illegal in India ; Hash is very illegal. This seems odd to westerners but, basically, “bhang” (weed) is used ceremonially by some Hindus. Hash/Charas is not and is considered a drug. Minumum penalty (if you dont bribe your way out of trouble): 10 years in an Indian jail. Dont get caught.

Law enforcement: As in most places, the cops are mostly interested in turning over users for a bit of cash. Bribe your way out before you get taken to a police station. There has been recent friction between western hippy types and the locals in Pushkar and the local police are keen to clean up the town. Please bear in mind this is one of India’s most holy places and while it’s ok (ish) for the sadhus to walk around mostly naked, smoking weed, it’s NOT ok for you to do it. Stick to smoking in your hotel.

Where to buy marijuana: There are quie a few dealers in Pushkar, attracted by the hippy types. Years ago, hotels like the Sai Baba and Hanuman had resident dealers, though I have no idea if this is still the case. Best ask around, try asking likely-looking travellers at the Sunset cafe (at sunset!) or in one of the more off-street cafes in town.

Marijuana prices: Usual India prices, around $1 for a gram of good charas.

Marijuana brands: Charas is predominant. This is hand rubbed hash from the himalaya, mostly from the Kullu and Parvati valleys. Parvati is generally regarded as being the best. Some kashmiri likely to be knocking about (tastes nice, isn’t usually very strong).

More information: Pushkar is an awesome place to kick back and step out of the hecticness of India for a while (see also Bundi and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan). I have spent weeks at a time here. Enjoy it (respectfully!).

Rishikesh, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3

Legislation: Posession of under 500g of cannabis is punishable with 6 months to 2 years in prison, and/or a fine of around INR 100,000.

Law enforcement: Only 10% of those caught are actually convicted, and ‘baksheesh’ (bribe) will get you out of a sticky situation. Some cops may attempt to target foreigners purchasing weed.

Where to buy marijuana: Along the bank of the ganga, towards the right, a little ahead of the guy selling chillums on the street, there’s a sadhu selling really good hash. Ask any Israeli tourist where to find him, there are a lot of Israelis visiting Rishikesh for hash.

Marijuana prices: Rs 20 for a few grams. Seriously low quality, but there’s anything else.

Varkala, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Weed is barely illegal in India ; Hash is very illegal. This seems odd to westerners but, basically, “bhang” (weed) is used ceremonially by some Hindus. Hash/Charas is not and is considered a drug. Minumum penalty (if you dont bribe your way out of trouble): 10 years in an Indian jail. Dont get caught.

Law enforcement: As in most places, the cops are mostly interested in turning over users for a bit of cash. Bribe your way out before you get taken to a police station. In Varkala, the cops patrol the beach: dont smoke on the beach or they will nick you!

Where to buy marijuana: Ask the waiters in the cliff top restaurants and bars. I found a v nice guy down by the black sand beach (furthest north of the Varkala beaches).

Marijuana prices: Cheap! Should be about $1 or 2 a gram

Brands: Tasty, sticky keralan buds, seedy and leafy but cheap and fairly potent. Keralan weed contains THCV and makes for a very buzzy, electric high.

Some oil (of the very highest quality) is made in Kerala but it’s very hard to find

Some westerners bring hash/charas down from the Himalayas. Suffice to say not much makes it this far south and it will be expensive

More information: Weed in Kerala is mostly grown in the Forest Reserves, inland. Often in huge quantities. Yopu might try round Periyar.

Mussorie, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3

Legislation: Posession of under 500g of cannabis is punishable with 6 months to 2 years in prison, and/or a fine of around INR 100,000.

Law enforcement: Only 10% of those caught are actually convicted, and ‘baksheesh’ (bribe) will get you out of a sticky situation. Some cops may attempt to target foreigners purchasing weed.

Where to buy marijuana: There’s no pot in Mussorie proper, don’t bother asking anyone. However, at Kempty falls, 7-8 km from Mussorie, there’s a sadhu selling hash.

Marijuana prices: Rs 20 for a few grams. Seriously low quality, but there’s anything else.

Nainital, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3.5

Legislation: Posession of under 500g of cannabis is punishable with 6 months to 2 years in prison, and/or a fine of around INR 100,000.

Law enforcement: Only 10% of those caught are actually convicted, and ‘baksheesh’ (bribe) will get you out of a sticky situation.Some cops may attempt to target foreigners purchasing weed.

There’s a slight lack of pot due to strict checkin of trucks smuggling pot, but there seems to be ample hash.

Where to buy marijuana: At the lake, there are boat rides for tourists. ALL the boatmen smoke pot or hash, so ask any of them, and they’ll definately contact you anyway. Pay them Rs 50 to take you to the nearest dealer.

Marijuana prices: Rs 100 for a stick of hash, medium quality.

Bangalore, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4 (illegal, but nobody gives a #$@%)

Legislation: Cannabis is illegal, and you can face 6 months to 2years in prison… but It’s rarely if ever heard of conviction.

Law Enforcement: Pot is illegal but is generally ignored at the user level. Have less than 1/2 oz and nobody cares. The absolute exception is in airports- don’t cause a scene.

If you happen to get caught by the cops (very very rare), you’ll be able to get away with a small bribe, if you’re lucky. It’s generally a good idea to keep a low profile, and just enjoy your smokes without bothering other people.

a local reporter added: “I was in Bangalore in November 2006 and the cops have have of late been cracking down on dealers and buyers. The good thing about India is that the crackdowns are short lived and 6-7 months later everything is back to square one.”

Where to buy marijuana in Bangalore: Kanakpura, goripalya, market… but the better weed is sold outside the city

Easy. walk down a line of auto rickshaws and say ganga. Beware your dealer connection. Ask if they smoke. Ask if they have smoked the stuff you are buying. Negotiate the ride and ask the price of the herb.

Bangalore marijuana prices:

A 40-50gm (~1.5oz) pack of weed is priced at about Rs.120-150 (US$2.5-3.5), nothing more. However, if you’re a foreigner, and you happen to score via an autorickshaw driver, you’ll definitely get charged a few extra bucks.

If u r scoring from auto drivers i can gurantee tht u will get ripped off…starts at 30(pretty useless), 120 – 150 are is the decent price.. It is better to know some1 who smokes…

Bangalore marijuana brands: The quality of marijuana varies widely, depending on where/whom you buy from. Most of the weed is generally grown outdoors, and sometimes may be smuggled in from neighbouring states. Very rarely, within the city, you may find peddlers selling extremely dark (almost brownish-black), and funny smelling weed. DO NOT BUY THIS STUFF, as it is spiked with all sorts of junk (ranging from shoe polish to brown sugar)… I’m not sure why they do this, but it ends up being an extremely harsh smoke & a $*%#ed up trip!

The best (100% pure) weed, which is also the most potent, is scored from places just outside the city (Anekal, Ramnagaram, Mallur etc), but getting there requires information regarding the roads, and whom to ask. They usually don’t sell to people they’ve never seen before.

More information: You’ll be better off if you find some local stoners and hook up with them. People in Bangalore are generally laid back, and may be willing to help you out even if they don’t smoke themselves. You’ll find a lot of them in the several pubs within the city (Brigade Rd, Residency Rd etc). Common places to smoke, after a few beers, are the alleys in & around these parts, and Rest House Rd (parallel to Brigade Rd).

Bring your own papers.

City report:

I’ve scored in 7 cities in India – Delhi, Bombay, Manali, Bangalore, Chennai, Jamshedpur, Calcutta. Of these, Chennai is the worst, and Bangalore is a close 2nd.

Delhi, Manali are infinitely more tolerant towards marijuana, compared to Bangalore. Pot isn’t widely available, and is not very tolerated. In delhi, manali and even bombay, you can smoke up in the open. Bangalore’s shit, trust me.

Mumbai/Bombay, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Cannabis is illegal, and you can face 6months to 2years in prison… but It’s rarely if ever heard of conviction.

Law Enforcement: Marijuana isn’t a concern of the police. Dealers will openly deal on the street knowing neither cops or passers by. In Colaba, you’ll often smell hash being smoked on the street, sometimes even by taxi drivers(!) If your open to anything, you might get invited to smoke a chillum down a side street by locals, even if its close to a cop station, no one cares. If anything, your more likely to have a few dirty looks off locals.

Where to buy marijuana in Mumbay : Colaba – Is the main tourist area, so prices are higher, but so is availability. Everyone will speak english, and if you take a walk around from Gate way of India along the seafront then walk towards Colaba Causeway and continue up towards Regal cinema, at least 4 or 5 people will stop you. Some dealers will invite you to take a taxi with them to a dealer living close by (near the docks normally) It’s up to you if u think its safe, but Ive done it a few times and usually ended up with a better deal. If you don’t want to, just arrange a time and place to meet and they’ll bring it to you.

our most recebt report is: “Bandra, Andheri, Juhu. (Bandra & Andheri are devided into east and west. I have only ever bought in the west, though I imagine it is quite avaliable in the East as well)”

Mumbay marijuana prices: More expensive than Delhi, especially in Colaba (tourists) but still a good deal.

Weed from 100INR a gram to about 700INR for 10g Hash depends on quality and who you buy it off. From 500INR ($10) for 5g to 1500INR($30) for 12g (one tola) some dealers will give much more for what you pay, but be careful of quality, smell it well.

our most recent report is: “hash- 600rs – 1500rs ($12-34) per 10g

Weed- 20rs – 60rs (40cents to $1.50) per 1/4 oz”

Mumbay Marijuana Brands: Weed is outdoor grown and not too strong, not good for Europeans and Americans used to quality strains. Hash can be bad or awesome. Generally I found the softer hash much stronger, although you get less of it for your money, its better quality, and less goes further.

our mopst recebt report is: “Manali and Kashmiri are generally the higher-quality hashes avaliable, Manali cream is especially good. The other thing that is common is somthing called Bombay Black, which my friends and I joke is mixed with rat poison. It will usually get you damn dirty retarded stoned, so it’s not something you want to smoke all that often”

More information: Quality skins (Rizla) can be found in Colaba, but are more expensive and not always available everywhere. Bring your own.

I am from the US but lived in Mumbai India for a year, and reading your report on it kinda made me cringe. Yes, Hash is freely avaliable in Colaba, but it is horrible quality. Most of the time it smells (and smokes) like a nasty amalgam of tamarind paste and mehendi (henna), not to mention it is grossly overpriced. Hawkers there will demand upwards of 4000 rupees ($90) for a T (10g) of their stuff, whereas I was scoring high-quality (Manali and kashmiri) hash in Bandra for usually about 700 rupees ($15) per 10g. If you know where to look, you can even score weed for, get this, 20cents for a quarter oz. Now, granted, I made friends with some dealers, and so got excellent deals, but still, Colaba is highly touristy, and if you leave south Mumbai and head to the northern suburbs such as Bandra, Andheri and to some extent Juhu, you’ll find much better deals and much better stuff. Someone new to the area without connections could probably expect to pay a round 1000-1500 rupees for a T of hash and about 50-70rupees for a quarter oz weed. And Remember, always haggle with the pushers, if you’re paying more than the prices listed above, you’re being ripped off . Oh, and there is one good thing around colaba for smokers: A little off the main drag is a cheap bar called Gokul, and they are totally fine with people smoking pot inside. If you ask the shop keepers in the area they can probably tell you where exactly it is.